Student Googles Self, Finds He's a Wanted Man

Police mistakenly post his name and photo in murder case
By Nick McMaster,  Newser Staff
Posted Dec 1, 2010 6:16 PM CST
A file photo of the Google logo.   (AP Photo/Virginia Mayo, File)

(Newser) – One night, Zachary Garcia decided to Google himself—and the Florida teen discovered he was wanted for murder. Garcia, a University of Florida student, saw his name next to his driver's license photo, alongside notice that he had been charged as an accomplice to murder, AOL News reports. The police mix-up stems from an incident in which another Floridian, Zachery Garcia, allegedly help two others rob a house.

During the robbery, the homeowner shot and killed one of the robbers, making the others accessory to murder by virtue of allegedly participating in the felony burglary. "I was just very shocked and angry that someone put my name up there and said I did something I didn't do," Garcia told WTSP of Tampa Bay. He'd at least like an apology from police, but so far he's still waiting.

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